fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010 Bistro Barrel Aged Fest. Poured dark brown, chocolate, dark fruits, little bourbon, little rasberry, little bret.
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the Bistro Barrel Aged Beer Fest. Pours a black with significant light coming through at the edges of the glass when held up. A small tan head with decent lacing. Aroma is barnyard brett, light raspberries, and a bit of chocolate. Initial taste is a raspberry chocolate going into a bit of chocolate. Interesting mix. Medium body. Strong carbonation. Definitely better than I was expecting.
joeneugs (5450) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 14, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tasted at the Bistro Barrel Aged fest. This was my favorite beer of 16 sampled. It has everything I like in a big, audacious, ridiculous, imperialized monstrocity! It poured a dark brown with some strange orangy highlights. The aroma was bourbon, cocoa, leather, and a nice sour edge that didn’t remind me of raspberries surprisingly. The flavor was more fruit forward with sour raspberry, caramel, chocolate, leather notes, but very smooth and drinkable. I was shocked by how well everything went together considering how much was thrown in on this one. I kind of wish I went back to this one to confirm my first impression.
vtafro (6238) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ EBF. Wow. Black pour with white head. Funky leather, brett, raspberry, vanilla and oaky aroma. Bourbon, roasted chocolate, raspberry, and brett filled flavor. Well hidden abv. Very nice.
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at EBF. Pours a black body with a yellow off white head. Bretty raspberry tones, light oak and vanilla with a dryer leather. Nice roast y stout accents with a crisp chocolate warming and a nice drying out from the raspberries and brett. Nice improvisation of a stout.
IrishBoy (4078) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Bisto BABF. Nose of oak vanilla, light berries, and chocolate. Cloudy medium brown with a medium tan head. Flavot is bourbon, chocolate, and light funk.
bb (8269) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Dark mahogony beer with a tan head. Cherry and rich malt aroma with light tartness. Chocolate and light berry flavor with rich malt. Medium body. Chocolate and light raspberry lingers with some brett notes.
nickd717 (4058) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Bistro Barrel Aged Fest. This beer sounds like a joke satirizing how ridiculous brewers are getting these days, doesn’t it? I mean an imperial stout, bourbon barrel aged, with brett and raspberries? Man that’s intense. Sign of the times I guess. The zeitgeist pours a darkest brown color with a small but well-retained tan head. Aroma is raspberry, oak, roastiness, chocolate, and bourbon. Not too much bourbon in this one relatively speaking. Flavor is very good, slightly tart with a bretty character that reminds me of the blanket placed between a horse and its saddle (mmmmm...). Also some roasty and chocolate notes that you expect in the style, and some oak, bourbon, and raspberry. Medium body for an imperial stout with soft carbonation and the 13% ABV hiding itself very well. Overall this is good, but did not quite live up to the lofty expectations its name and description set. Oh also, more beers should use the verb "chuck" in their descriptions. Very underrated verb.
Ratman197 (12810) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Bistro BA Fest poured a clear dark brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of oak, raspberry, barnyard, cocoa and light leather. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of raspberry, oak, horseblanket and cocoa with a smooth dry lightly tart finish.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ Bistro Barrel Aged Festival. Pours a dark brown color; murky; light-tan head with good retention and fine-bubbled lacing. Nice levels of basic brett / lime, bitter chocolate, and black pepper in the aroma; nice pepper and and chocolate here, red fruits. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: lots of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and very light brett / fruit character; creamy, seemingly focused on roasted malts and chocolate; solid. Medium finish: chocolate, roasted malts, and decent amounts of sweetness; nicely toasty.